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Research to Examine Breast Cancer in Regional Areas

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A gap in survival rates between metropolitan and rural areas will be examined as part of a new research strategy aiming for zero breast cancer deaths within the next decade.

Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in Australia with 1 in 7 women will be diagnosed in their lifetime; almost 20,000 will be diagnosed this year alone.

CEO of the National Breast Cancer Foundation, Professor Sarah Hosking, says they're especially keen to understand why some locations have poorer outcomes than others.

“People who live in rural areas are about 35% more likely to die within 5 years of their cancer diagnosis, so we need to understand why it happens and we need to understand what interventions we need to change that statistic for them.” said Hosking.